Reimagining mobile communication: Disability, mobility, and the frontiers o...
Reimagining mobile communication: Disability, mobility, and the frontiers of media
Media are still in a process of epochal change, often as they also play a pivotal role in cultural, social, political, and economic transformations. The nature of media has significantly altered, with repeated calls to look beyond narrow accounts of nineteenth and twentieth century media, to recognize the complexity, breadth, depth, divergent social functions of media environments, infrastructures, social practices, formats, and technologies. In particular, the area of mobile communication –– mobile phones, mobile media and technology, mobile Internet, digital watches and other wearable technology, the Internet of things, connected technologies of various kinds –– offers a wealth of examples that prompt us to engage in such fundamental rethinking of media. In this talk, Professor Goggin provides a perspective on mobile communication and contemporary media, the ferment in the research field and its theories, its politics and policy coordinates, via the emerging area of disability media studies. He argues that the social and cultural movements of disability and critical disability research (as they intersect with other categories and movements) offer new ways of understanding societies and media. Indeed, disability perspectives provide rich ways to reimagine media. To illustrate his talk, Professor Goggin will draw on two case studies in the area of emergent mobile communication and media: the mobile phone as haptic media; and driverless cars as communication.
This presentation will be broadcast on Twitter via periscope (go to @MediaAtSydney)
Gerard Goggin is Professor of Media and Communications, University of Sydney, and an Australian Research Council Future Fellow, studying disability, digital technology, and human rights. He is currently working on two related books from this project, Reimagining Mobile Communication and Communication Rights after Disability: Global Media Policy, Human Rights, and Digital Technology. Gerard is author of Digital Disability (2003; with Christopher Newell) and Disability and the Media (2015; with Katie Ellis), and currently is working on The Routledge Companion to Disability and Media (2017; with Katie Ellis and Beth Haller), and Listening to Democracy (2018; with Cate Thill and Rosemary Kayess). He is well known for his work on mobile media, including the key books Cell Phone Culture (2006) and Global Mobile Media (2011). Gerard has also had a longstanding interest in Internet histories, represented in The Routledge Companion to Global Internet Histories (2017), and the new journal Internet Histories (commencing in 2017, from Taylor & Francis). More details at: http://sydney.edu.au/arts/media_communications/staff/profiles/gerard.goggin.php